Police have seized approximately 2 million packets of synthetic marijuana with a combined street value of $10 million from a Bronx garage.
Ten men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to manufacture synthetic marijuana laced with dangerous chemicals and distributed to retailers throughout New York City's five boroughs, fueling a public health crisis that's national in scope.
Last week during a press briefing at NYPD headquarters, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned reporters about the dangers of synthetic weed—showing two disturbing videos to illustrate its effects and referring to it as "weaponized marijuan...
Let’s be clear about this. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug that does not contain marijuana but rather contains any of a variety of plants sprayed with laboratory-produced chemicals.”
In the past month, a dramatic nationwide increase of hospital visits and deaths has been linked to synthetic marijuana, commonly known as Spice or K2.